Suffolk’s children’s centres are vital for hundreds of families, providing valuable services for children and parents.
Suffolk County Council had to hastily withdraw its paper cutting children’s centres after spotting an ‘error’ in its documents, so we’ve got another month to halt these closures.
Thanks to everyone lobbying their MPs, we saved one children’s centre, Village Rise in Lowestoft, and stopped cuts to hours at another, Foley in Newmarket.
Now we need Suffolk residents to pile the pressure on councillors by writing to them and asking them not to vote through cuts.
UNISON surveyed centre staff and found more than four-fifths are opposed to the changes. A massive 81% warn they could have ‘devastating’ consequences for children and families in Suffolk.
The changes will hit the vulnerable hardest and have a catastrophic impact on rural communities, staff warn.
From 47 centres in 2015, there will be just 17 full-time children’s centres in Suffolk if the Council’s changes go ahead.
Across the county, councillors will experience cuts on their doorsteps. Please write to your councillor to make your feelings known and ask them to stand up for Suffolk’s families and save our children’s centres.